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For breeds to become AKC-registered, they must first be recorded with an accepted registry. The AKC Foundation Stock Service® (FSS®) is the AKC’s recording service for purebred breeds that are not yet eligible for AKC registration. After a breed is entered into FSS the recognition process begins with a written request to compete in the Miscellaneous Class from a National Breed Club.  While there is no established timetable for adding new breeds, dogs typically compete in the Miscellaneous Class for one to three years.

 

Below are a few of the dog breeds that have been accepted by the AKC this year

 

1.  Lagotto Romagnolo

Is a breed of dog that comes from the Romagna sub-region of Italy. The name means “lake dog from Romagna,” originating from the Italian word lago, meaning lake. Its traditional function is a gundog, specifically a water retriever. However, it is often used to hunt for truffles.

 

2.  Berger Picard

Is a French breed of dog of the herding group of breeds. These dogs nearly became extinct after both World War I and World War II and remain a rare breed. This breed of dog is people-oriented, loyal, and can make a good family pet if properly socialized early in life.

 

3.  Miniature American Shepherd

Is a herding dog with a roots from the Australian Shepherd. It is a compact dog with a strong work ethic.  As such, they have been lauded by enthusiasts as an excellent choice for dogs sports such as herding, agility and flyball.